EVENTS We welcome Derek Davis OBE as our guest speaker this Thursday, 26th October, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Derek will be speaking about ‘Renowned Local People’ including our own Mons Perchant. Admittance £1 including refreshments.
Great Wyrley LHS have an ‘Archive Viewing’ on Thursday 26th October, at the Senior Citizens Centre in Broadmeadow Lane from 3pm to 8pm with the burial records on display, together with some of the old maps of the local area. Photographs and other ephemera will also be available.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everybody is welcome and Vi is available to help with any family history enquiries.
REQUESTS A request from Bill Thomason who is looking for information about Thomas Wincer, born about 1780, father of Elizabeth Wincer, who married William Wollaston. Can any of our Wollaston researchers help?
RESPONSES Don Savage remembers playing, as a youngster, with most of the players named in Harrison’s cricket team last week, and has helped by listing nearly all of the players.
Don also comments on ‘the new ladies’ choir’.
Terry Ridgway has picked up on Debra’s research on her Steadman family and emails ‘My grandmother was a Steadman and lived in Hill Street and her sister, Betty, also lived in the same street and their brother lived at the bottom of Hatherton Street. And Terry wishes to contact Debra which I have now arranged.
We have helped Leanne with her request as to the previous occupants of The Mooring Pin which I list. We also have records going back to 1838 but Leanne expands on her enquiry with her interest touching on the paranormal. She believes that there has been some tragic happening at the cottage and there has been a ‘presence’ of a Victorian girl there. Leanne’s research has involved a paranormal team, who have their own historian, but he has found it too difficult to trace the cottage back to earlier times and she asks ‘How close was the property to any of the local mines or any canals?’ or even if anyone knows of similar stories around the area.
Adrian Baillie sends this appreciative email ‘Using the information you sent me I was able to trace my g-g-grandmother Ann Pinson’s family right back to 1753 in South Wales and also New York!’
Also Glenice Whitehouse comments on Letitia Bowater on the night she set the curtains alight.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS The personal Bible of William Stokes, later to become Police Chief Superintendant, containing an inscription from the Salem Sunday School teachers dated 23rd May 1905, donated by Tony Pearson. Also a 2007 cutting from the Black Country Bugle with picture and all the names of the 1931/32 Cheslyn Hay Juniors FC.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
27th October1917 Under the auspices of the Women’s Working Committee, a very successful social took place at St Georges Hall naming all fourteen involved with full details.
27th October1917 On Saturday and Monday evenings, especially, the local Picture Palace was very well patronised with information on the ‘Wake’.
MEMORIES Following on from the response we received to Moss’s fishing shop enquiry, Derrick from the Bridgtown LHS has informed us that they have a photograph of the shop in North Street and he is providing us with a copy.
This week, we have some entertaining memories from John Dickin about some of the characters that used to live on the Bonk back then including ‘Iron Man’ Harry Bates, Laughing Jack Chetter and his son, Archie, ‘Jesus’ David, Jacky Brown, Floss Hayden, Bunter Kingston, Claude Green and Albert Scott (Scotty).
BRIDGTOWN & DLHS launched their new book at their Annual Exhibition last week and can be obtained from ourselves. Entitled ‘A Walk into Cannock’ and written by John Devey, it is a 68 page book with dozens of photographs covering all the local history and interesting stories in a nostalgic stroll from Bridgtown. An excellent book priced at just £6. Available at the Base or either delivered locally or posted for the price of a stamp.
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